Labor and Coalition MPs have been given a few months for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, which is now unlikely until the findings of a Senate committee inquiry are released mid-year, reports The Australian.
The Greens yesterday announced they had the numbers to send their same-sex bill to the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee for an inquiry, enabling the public to have their say.
Marriage equality advocates believe Labor will wait until the inquiry has been completed before the private member's bill is introduced by MP Stephen Jones.
Greens marriage equality spokesman Sarah Hanson-Young said the bill would eventually be successful. "I am absolutely optimistic that we have a very good chance by the end of this year to be able to look back and say, 'We did it'," Senator Hanson-Young said.
MP's conscience vote on same-sex marriage postponed (The Australian)
US court strikes down California ban on gay marriage (The West Australian/AFP)